Downsizing your wedding is something so many couples out there are having to consider at the moment. Postponing is of course an option, but for many of us with no end yet in sight for C19, more and more couples are considering sticking with their wedding date but downsizing their plans to a smaller, more intimate wedding that is equally as epic. A smaller wedding does absolutely NOT mean any less incredible.
Below we’ve outlined the four steps you’ll want to consider when thinking about downsizing your wedding plans.
Of course, the one thing you have to do if you are downsizing is to trim down your guestlist to meet the current government guidelines, which as of September 2020 is a 30 person limit. All killer, no filler. The first thing you’re going to want to think about is who are the most important people in both of your lives that you could not imagine yourself getting married without. That might mean your immediate family, grandparents or best friend. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to these core people, if you have any room left and are wondering who to add to your list we have the BEST tip for you. Courtesy of Ross McCammon’s book Work Well With Others , it’s called the ‘Two Beers and a Puppy Test’ and will help you find out exactly who you want in the room with you. See this nifty illustration below which outlines how the test works.
2. Food & Drink
As soon as you start to contemplate the idea of downsizing your wedding, open up a conversation about this with your caterers. They should be able to advise you on your options, and according to your contract will be able to either refund your extra per-head cost that you no longer need, or distribute your budget across your menu by upgrading dishes to more expensive options and swapping in more luxe beverages. The earlier the better to start talking about this with them, especially if there are stipulations in your catering contract about minimum numbers.
When planning a smaller wedding, your original entertainment ideas might need some re-thinking. If you booked a big live band, it might not fit your new plans. Speak to them as early as possible about your options. This could mean asking for a two or three piece band instead of a six piece. Alternatively, if you are committed to spending a certain amount with your vendor you could think about splitting this into different sections of the day, with a three piece evening band instead of a six, and then allocating the rest of the funds to an acoustic set during your ceremony or post-ceremony drinks. If you are having a smaller ceremony now and celebrating a larger event in 2021/22, you could think about removing your musical entertainment from your smaller wedding and saving this for the bigger celebration.
4. Furniture & Decor
The fun bit! You’ve already planned out your decor for the wedding you had booked, but now you’re downsizing. The plus side? You get to do the best bit all over again! Try your best to visualise your wedding space with the reduced amount of guests you now have. Does the furniture you’ve hired in and the decor you have planned still make sense? Speak with your hire suppliers about ways you can use furniture in smart and chic ways to style the space in a way that fits your new guest numbers. This could mean creating gorgeous lounge spaces to fill the room and give a more intimate feel in spaces which would normally fit higher guest numbers. Use this as an exciting opportunity to play with the space you have booked, and use the money you would have spent decorating the extra tables which are now no longer needed, to style your space with the help of a hire company. Search for hashtags #microwedding and #smallweddings on Instagram for extra inspo on the amazing decor and styling options now available to you for a smaller wedding.
The bottom line is, there are so many ways to tweak and edit your wedding during the downsizing process to make it just as epic, if not more, than the day you had originally planned. There are tons of bonuses to smaller weddings: the ability to create intimate stylish aesthetics, upgrading your food and drink and the best of all – having a select group of your absolute favourite people at your wedding celebrating with you. None of those plus one’s you’ve never actually met. So try to enjoy every moment of editing your wedding, and don’t forget to whip out the two beers and a puppy rule!